TRIUMPHS OF THE MORMON FAITH
Several verbal statements agree in establishing the following fact.
That on Saturday night March 24th a number of persons, some say 25 or 30, disguised with colored faces, entered the rooms in Hiram, where the two Mormonite leaders Smith and Rigdon, were sleeping, and took them, together with the pillows on which they slept, carried them a short distance, and after besmearing their bodies with tar, applied the contents of the pillows to the same.
Now Mr. Editor, I call this a base transaction, an unlawful act, a work of darkness, a diabolical trick. But bad as it is, it proves one important truth which every wise man indeed knew before, that is, that Satan has more power than the pretended prophets of Mormon. It is said that they (Smith & Rigdon) had declared, in anticipation of such an event, that it could not be done — that God would not suffer it; that those who should attempt it, would be miraculously smitten on the spot, and many such like things, which the event proves to be false. (From theObserver & Telegraph, Vol. III. No. 6, Hudson Ohio, April 5, 1832. No. 6.)
There will be more about this in an upcoming article, ‘His Heart Failed Him’ , which will deal with the reasons behind the 1832 assault on Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon. The picture above is my remake of the one found in the 1834 publication, Mormonism Unvailed by Eber. D. Howe.